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SPECTRA features innovative & award-winning poets from across the country with Quad Cities-based poets & writers at Rozz-Tox (2108 3rd Avenue Rock Island, IL), unless otherwise indicated.

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SPECTRA Lives!

The Midwest Writing Center presents: SPECTRA Reading Series & Young Emerging Writers Showcase

Featuring some of the best young writers in the Midwest, including the staff, interns, and friends of the 2022 Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program.

Thursday, July 21 at Rozz-Tox (2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island)

Opening set from KAS at 6:30 p.m.

Readings start at 7:00 p.m.

Event will be livestreamed to MWC YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/midwestwritingcenter

Free & open | Donations appreciated & support youth writing programs

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About Young Emerging Writers: The YEW Program is composed of students ages 15-19 who applied and interviewed for this selective paid internship program. This summer, 15 interns from around the Quad Cities and Iowa City participated in YEW at a distance, meeting in a hybrid format to compose, edit, and release the 17th volume of THE ATLAS Literary Magazine on Thursday, August 18 at Rozz-Tox. YEW provides writing instruction in a variety of writing styles and processes, and develops professional skills in areas such as editing, collaborative project management, and magazine production/design. In 50 hours of meetings over seven weeks, the interns went from meet-and-greet to producing a high-quality literary magazine published by MWC Press.

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Funding and material support for the 2022 Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program generously provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Scott County Regional Authority, the Regional Development Authority, Modern Woodmen of America, Illinois Humanities, the CD Wiman Memorial Trust, the Melvin McKay Charitable Trust, the Moline Foundation, the Rock Island Public Library, and Rozz-Tox.

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We’ll be updating the 2022 SPECTRA schedule soon! Please check back and join the SPECTRA Facebook group for updates on our events and other readings, workshops, etc. from all over the country! 

SPECTRA manifests thanks to the generous support of the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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